Thursday, July 22, 2010

Roadside Daisy's
Pelican on Lake of the Woods
Designs in the sand Wisconsin Point
Fawn in Missouri near Maddison's house
Mallard in the bay at Lake of The Woods
Beautiful sunrise on Lake Superior

enjoy the creation that surrounds you, love jen

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Maddison moves to Missouri

Grandma with Maddison, saying goodbye
Me, my dad, Maddison (and Tobie) my mom
Grandpa and Maddison

Wow, we had quite the year and a half, I hardly remember all we went through, that was a rough time. I actually thought we would never get through it, but we did. Boy did we get through it! Maddison has and continues to grow into an incredible young women, our relationship blossomed as she blossomed. Now with this divine move to Kansas City, I see she will spread her wings and FLY!!! She is attending art school, taking care of herself and Tobie & becoming the most incredible women. I am so very proud of her

kisses, love mom

Drove Maddy down on July 4th 2010

5 guys burgers and fish eh!

June 2010 Canada trip. Kain, Parker, Dewey, Jack, Oscar and myself.

The five guys: Oscar, Kain, Jack, Dewey and Parker
The burgers yummy! We eat so well at the cabin. We have leisurely mornings with coffee, bacon, eggs and toast. We then head out on "the lake of the woods" and eat fish i9n the evenings while sipping on a cocktail. The dog days of summer :)
The catch of the day - that's my man, catch 'em , fillet 'em and grill 'em
How to get to my man's heart; fish , cook and watch football!

whats your love language


The new rock that paves the gardens
In this picture you can see the pavers, now sold and replaced with rock, more natural looking
These pavers were sold , in one hour, made $47.00 whoot whoot!!

We are on our second summer in this house...I think, yes that sounds correct :) Dewey thought that I would love to garden, I tried a bit last year. He encouraged me all the time, he said that he would really enjoy the results, a pretty yard. I worked on one spot in the yard that the previous owners neglected. I laid out that paper stuff to keep weeds out. I figured , I am only trying this gardening out, I want to start easy. So then I covered it with new, beautiful , rich black dirt. Yikes, in about three days there were as many weeds as before. My mom says I got a bad batch, full of weeds. That was it for '09 . Now this summer something came over me, I think because I have less people here, with the girls out on there own and all. I really got into this, I took out the old pavers. I sold 'em in about an hour after posting them on Craigs List!
My Mom and Dad practically raise rock, they have lived on the same land for over 40 years and there is so much rock, I love rock! I hauled several truck loads. My dad got into it and was putting the rock aside for me...huge rock. I was buying plants and have about a dozen containers. I cut down an old tree (the poop tree) and really liking this. So then Dewey starts you needs more rock? how many more loads are you planning to get, honey? Dewey, sweetie, you encouraged me to garden and now I am. Sure he still encourages me but I think that he thinks - that's enough- guys they do not understand when enough is enough. So anyway I send my husband off to Canada for a week of fishing. I talked to him a bit before he left, stating I am in the mood to buy shrubs and plant trees in the yard, he kindly states, we have three girls and a boy to support, lets wait. Ok..I agree, with respect for him and our far do I really have to go?? I love him and kissed him good bye, I said I was glad we spoke. I knew very well that he would not say anything if I did not bring it up before he left and I went ahead and bought the shrubs and trees, but I am not happy unless we communicate, trust and share.

Love, deeply , madly, always Jen

Carpet Caper

Dewey made a deal with me, I am not really sure if I agreed and if I did I would say he caught me at a very vulnerable time , maybe he asked me when I was running out the door "honey should I put the laundry away?" I cry "yes" "Puddin' should I make dinner?" I say "yes, O yes!" then as I turn the engine to the Mustang he yells, "Babe, will you run a half marathon in exchange for new carpet? I smile, wave and blow kisses as I peel out of the driveway I say "of course dear" How fair is this? I think about finishing a 5k, I dream about running with 1200 others on a crisp morning, I imagine myself being happy, overwhelmed and proud of my accomplishments, then I grab another bowl of chocolate Beyer's ice cream and tune in to the Closer. Dewey believes in me , maybe I should believe in myself too.

Your belief determines your action and your action determines your results, but first you have to believe.

Love Jen

Macy Daniel-Lyn

The Graduate 2010

Friday, January 22, 2010

Pdawg is now a teenager!

Parker Thomas James Segel, born December 29 , 1996. These pics are from his birthday week. We had homemade pizza, lots of cake, he received some Kickapoo present & he boarded just about 12 hours a day during Christmas vacation. will a teenage boy be easier than the girls? I hope so, cuz those girls were tough!

Five Generations

I posted earlier that we are having a baby, not me but in our family. The latest addition will be Winry . I can hardly believe it, my little girl , Macy will be a momma very soon. Less than twenty days! Above is a picture of five generations. Macy - with Winry. Myself - the grandma. My mother- great grandma. My mothers mother- great great grandma. Wow! Macy can hardly wait to have all five in the picture. I can hardly wait to have that little baby in my arms.

The Troll Hole

I wanted to show my love, appreciation and I wanted to deposit in our 'relationship' account, a huge sum. So what did I do? I created a Troll Hole for my husband. It was News Years weekend, my brother was staying the week. And what do the Johnson's do when their creative juices flow...they go go go! Al - The professor and I created this room for Dewey, a place where he can have his privacy, a place where he can veg , listen to music, take it easy, read & watch the game. After painting a dark blue stripe, we lined the wall with black and white images of his favorite things. Hunting, fishing, buffalo, football , Marvel comics and music. We hung a new flat screen on the wall, installed a surround sound, put in a big comfy chair, a fridge stocked with 'man food' after two very full days of planning, shopping, painting, tearing down and setting up we were ready!

Dewey was on his way home, had no idea and we surprised him.

He says every thing he has is ours, but I truly want him to have a place, a spot a room. He gave up much much more than any of us. Sure the kids have to share their mom , but really they were ready for that. He gives us everything without asking anything in return.

love ya, you are the best

jumping, running, burning, loving

Dewy is so cute, he asked to take in these 'stray' animals. Jenna the Siberian husky- most lovable dog ever! & her side kick Nola, our black Cat. Although it was two months in between adoptions- that's how long it took us to decide for sure on the cat. Sure, I like pets (I just typed pests-funny -Freudian slip) but I can certainly live without them..very easily in fact.
Although I did grow up with dogs, cats, goats, pigs, horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, birds..pretty much anything we came home with, we could keep. A little bit about these pets (there I go again, I just typed pests again)

Jenna is a quiet dog and a bit nervous. She is somewhat obedient & when she is not she gets away with things because she is so sweet & looks up at you with those beautiful blue puppy dog eyes. She naturally is a lover & is very loyal. Kitty is sweet and cuddly and talks a lot in the morning to us. I kind of have this idea that it is good for the family & we - as parents- should give our kids this expedience, being pet owners.

I have decided to put my foot down early and firm. I need help! Well, I put my foot down after a meltdown I had. I need help! I cried, as my family watched me throw a fit like a two year old. I insisted on a plan. I saw way way too many mothers carry the load. Sure every ones wants a dog, cat, bird, goat, rabbits and hamsters...but who will be responsible for them....eventually the mother. I know I know there is my responsibly to be in charge, I am the parent. Don't enable them, be firm, stick to the rules. But you know how it is, it happens so fast. Next thing you know - I am doing it all. Now we have Pdog walking her every day after school. I walk her after work and Macy and Dewey walk her when they are around (their schedule is a little more complicated) and we have a minimum of one half hour per person. O, Yes & I asked Dewey to be the litter box guy. sweet!

So this little incident was funny to me when I heard about it, Dewey on the other hand took a couple days to laugh at himself, then when he did he roared!

First off , I was so proud of myself for planning a meal. I threw some meatballs in the crock pot and added a bottle of bar b q sauce. Not bad, make some potatoes after work...sounds terrific. Easy , good meal. I thought about it, really wanted this to be ready for Pdog and decided to set it on high, I wanted it ready for Pdog after school. He can make the potatoes and Dewey will have a great supper too. I had a meeting after work, I got home at 8pm and I found Dewey 'pouting' in the bedroom. He came home from an extremely hard days work with Parker jumping off the banister to trip and wrestling and fight him, Jenna and Nola racing out of the house down the street (there is that 'somewhat' obedient) & a crock of burnt bar b q meatballs. I started to smirk and was trying really really hard to be consoling and thoughtful to his needs. He could see I was holding my lip down by my teeth and the corners of my mouth popping up while my eye brows and head cocked just enough to look concerned. (that lasted all of two minutes) it was quit a fiasco! Dewey ended up in the truck looking for the dog and cat. (after taking a shower and letting off some steam- the night ended with me coming home to the most loving man I know...and funny too

I love you Dewey. You make me smile